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Dil Khatri

Dil Khatri
I am a PhD student in Rural Development and a researcher associated with Forest Action Nepal. I also teach courses including International Rural Development. I have B.Sc. in Forestry Science from Tribhuwan University in Nepal and MA in Development Studies from International Institute for Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague.


My ongoing PhD research aims to explore how climate change related agenda and programs such as adaptation and REDD+ unfold at local level and how they hit the ground. My research is based on ethnographic field study and engagement with national level policy processes. My broader research interest lies on the issues related to environmental governance focusing on participatory forest management, ecosystem services, and climate change. Currently, I am involved in two research projects related to different alternatives of ecosystem service management and local climate governance with geographical focus on Nepalese Himalaya. Analytically, I am interested in resource politics focusing on authority and access drawing on governmentality and neo-Gramscian approaches.  

My work with ForestAction has been related to policy oriented researches on forest and climate change related issues. I have also been engaged as editor of Journal of Forest and Livelihoods and reviewer for some peer review journals such as Forest Policy and Economics. Before joining ForestAction in 2010, I worked with Swiss Agency for Development and Corporation under a community forestry project in eastern part of Nepal.



I teach International Rural Development and other courses.


Selected publications

Khatri, D., Shrestha, K. K., Ojha, H, Paudel, N. & Paudel, G. 2016. Reframing Nepalese Community forestry governance for food security, Environmental Conservation.

Khatri, D.B, Marquardt K, Pain A. and Ojha H. (a paper manuscript submitted to Environemntal Science and Policy). Vindication or policy experiment? Unravelling the flawed lessons of Nepal’s REDD+ pilot project.

Khatri, D.B., Pham, T.T., Di Gregorio, M., Karki, R., Paudel, N.S., Brockhaus, M. and Bhushal, R., 2016. REDD+ politics in the media: a case from Nepal. Climatic Change, 138(1-2), pp.309-323.

Marquardt, K., Khatri, D.B. and Pain, A., 2016. REDD+, forest transition, agrarian change and ecosystem services in the hills of Nepal. Human Ecology, 44(2), pp.229-244.

Ojha, H., D.B. Khatri, K.K Shrestha, B. Bhattarai, J.C. Baral, K. Goutam, B. Basnet, M.R.Banjade, S.Jana, B. Bushley and S. Dhungana (2015). Can evidence and voice influence policy? A critical assessment of Nepal’s Forestry Sector Strategy 2014: Society and Natural Resources.

Paudel, N.S. and Vedeld, P.O. and Katri, D.B. 2015. Prospects and challenges of tenure and forest governance reform in the context of REDD+ initiatives in Nepal.Forest Policy and Economics, 52, pp.1-8.

Ojha, H., S. Ghimire, A. Pain, A. Nightingale, D. B. Khatri and H. Dhungana (2015). Policy without politics: technocratic control of climate change adaptation policy making in Nepal. Climate Policy.

Ojha, H., D. Khatri, K. K. Shrestha, B. Bushley and N. Sharma (2013). Carbon, community and governance: is Nepal getting ready for REDD+? Forests, Trees and Livelihoods 22(4): 216-229.

Paudel, N. S., D.B. Khatri, H. Ojha, et al (2013). Integrating climate change adaptation with local development: Exploring institutional options. Journal of Forests and Livelihood 11(1): 1-13.

Khatri, D.B., Bista, R. and Gurung, N. 2013. Climate Change Adaptation and Local Institutions: How to Connect Community Groups with Local Government for Adaptation Planning. Journal of Forest and Livelihood,11(1): 14-28

Paudel, N.S., Khatri, D.B., Ojha, H., Karki, R. and Gurung, N., 2013. Integrating Climate Change Adaptation with Local Development: Exploring Institutional Options. Journal of Forest and Livelihood, 11(1):1-13

Bushley, B.R. and Khatri, D.B., 2011. REDD+: reversing, reinforcing or reconfiguring decentralized forest governance in Nepal. Forest Action.

Paudel, N. S., Khatri, D. B., Dil R, K., & Karki, R. (2013). The context of REDD+ in Nepal: Drivers, agents and institutions: CIFOR.

Non-Employee at the Department of Urban and Rural Development; Division of Rural Development
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